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How Do You Sleep? It's Totally Affecting Your Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

Sometimes, sleep hurts. We toss and turn, and it seems that no matter what we do, we just can't get comfortable. While we often believe that current pain from our day is causing our trouble sleeping, could it actually be that our sleeping habits are doing the damage? If you've noticed pain at night -- especially pain in the back or neck -- take a look at how sleep may be affecting the pain and your health followed by some tips for making it better. 

What is Your Sleeping Position?

You may not know how you sleep. You may be completely unaware. But most people have at least some idea of their sleeping position. Do you sleep on your back, side, or stomach? How many pillows do you use? What does your sleeping environment look like? Pay attention to your sleeping posture, and you may be able to make changes that enhance your comfort and your health. 

What is the Best Sleeping Posture?

If you're going after body comfort and health, the best sleeping posture is on your side. Roll onto your side with one pillow underneath your head. Bend your knees and place a pillow between them. This position places the spine in optimal position, which protects it from pain and improves your overall comfort. 

How Much Rest Do You Get?

Another important factor is the amount of sleep you get. If you're not getting at least seven hours, you need to reevaluate. Adults need between seven and nine hours to stay in good health. Make adjustments to your sleeping routine to ensure that you're getting the right amount of sleep for your body. 

Can a Chiropractor Help?

It doesn't really matter what's causing your back pain as long as you find a way to get relief. And for most people, that relief can be found in chiropractic care. Along with improving your sleeping posture, you should also make chiropractic care a regular thing in your life. Chiropractors can ease pain by removing joint restrictions from the body and improving basic spinal health. They may also be able to give you tips about your sleeping habits -- posture or pillow suggestions, perhaps -- that can get you moving in the right direction. 

If you need to get your back health moving in a better direction, visit with chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easy and stress-free. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get quality care without the hassle. Everything that we do affects our health, and that includes our sleep! Protect your back and feel your best with a trip to The Joint Chiropractic today. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Charlotte, N.C.

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